Bath Camden Road Area Guide
Are you thinking of buying or renting a property in the Camden Road, Fairfield Park or Larkhall areas of Bath? All located on the North East side of side of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Camden is one of the city's most desirable areas. With an appealing selection of period style homes, Camden is less than 1 mile to the city centre and boasts some of the most spectacular views the city has to offer.Just down the hill from Camden, Larkhall is well known for its village and community feel yet is less than 1.5 miles to Bath city centre. Fairfield Park is a popular family area and falls between Camden Road and Lansdown on the edge of the Charlcombe valley.All three areas overlap and offer a wide ranging style of property including impressive Georgian town houses, Victorian and Edwardian terraces and 1960’s detached family homes.The area feels like a leafy retreat on the edge of the countryside, you still have access to the fantastic selection of bars, restaurants, attractions and transport links that central Bath has to offer. Sound good? Read on to find out if Camden, Larkhall or Fairfield Park are the perfect areas for you.
Are there local transport links nearby?
Camden Road is well served by local transport links. It is possible to board the number six or seven bus to Bath's central bus station via Camden Road.
Bath bus station provides accessible travel across the city, as well as to Bristol and many more destinations further afield.
Bath Spa railway station, which is located next to the bus station, increases your travel options. For example, if you have to commute, Bath Spa provides a train to London Paddington that reaches its destination in around an hour and a half.
There is also fantastic access out to the M4 either via Larkhall or Landsdown.
What's the food and drink scene like?
The award winning King William pub on Thomas Street offers fantastic local British produce and a great wine selection. The Claremont is a family friendly pub on Camden Road, offering a selection of real ales, fine wines and home cooked pizzas. Fairfield Stores is a great local convenience store off Fairfield Park Road.
In nearby Larkhall village – just 0.4 miles from Camden Road there is a great selection of traditional pubs, a deli and cafes, including The Larkhall Inn and The Rose & Crown. Ma Cuisine and Goodies Deli, which is celebrating over 25 years of providing great food, are also excellent places to grab a quick bite of lunch.
In the city centre, the abundance of choices available is enough to whet any appetite. From top restaurants and cool cafes to stylish bars and the top high-street chains, there's something to cater for every taste and budget.
How does the area rate for sport and leisure facilities?
There are plenty of places to keep you fit and active in the nearby city centre.
Aquaterra leisure centre – which is 0.8 miles from Camden Road – has a gym, exercise classes and swimming facilities. Similarly, Fitness Fist – which is also 0.8 miles from Camden Road – offers the same facilities but in a fresher, more modern setting.
Bath is also home to several golf clubs including Bath Golf Club and Lansdown Golf Club – which are 1.8 miles and 2.6 miles from Camden Road respectively. If you're a keen tennis player, The Lansdown Club is close by, and the University of Bath Tennis Centre – which is two miles from Camden Road – provides members with access to first-class facilities.
Larkhall Village also has a great local football team – Larkhall Athletic Football Club and Bath Judo Centre and The New Oriel Community Centre provides a variety of fitness classes.
What can you do on a sunny day?
Bath is home to many beautiful parks and gardens. Alice Park is on the edge of Larkhall, which is furthest from the city centre. The park offers a fun and varied environment, complete with a playground for children, rose garden, café and green expanses that are ideal for settling down to a picnic in.
Alternatively, Royal Victoria Park is 0.9 miles from the end of Camden Road which is nearest the city centre. The park, which is overlooked by the Royal Crescent, is Bath's largest green area and includes a children's play park, boating pond and a botanical garden amongst its many attractions.
Being so close to the countryside, you can also enjoy some beautiful walks, including Little Solsbury Hill (well known for inspiring local resident Peter Gabriel’s famous song of the same name) Freezing Hill and around the Charlcombe Valley.
What can you do on a rainy day?
Bath is a historically rich and culturally diverse city, and as such it boasts a variety of museums that are well worth a visit.
The Roman Baths and the Jane Austen Centre – which are 0.7 miles and 0.5 miles from Camden Road respectively – are an enjoyable and entertaining experience. If you're looking to unwind, the Thermae Bath Spa – which is 0.8 miles from Camden Road – offers a combination of world-class treatments, bathing in mineral-rich waters and spectacular views over the city.
What's the area like for food and retail shopping?
Camden Road has a Pharmacy and a hairdressers. Nearby Larkhall Village offers a delightful array of mostly owner-run small shops, including the Beaufort Shop and the award winning Larkhall butchers.
Bath's SouthGate Shopping Centre – which is just 1.1 miles from Camden Road in the city centre – provides an abundance of retail options. Here you'll find stores including H&M, River Island, Topshop, Apple Store and Debenhams.
There’s also Bath's High Street, which extends from SouthGate Shopping Centre, and provides a wealth of shopping options – from high street stores to an exciting selection of independent boutiques.
The closest large supermarket Morrisons, is located on the London Road and you'll also find most of the other major supermarkets in and around Bath's city centre, including Waitrose, Sainsbury's and multiple local-type stores such as Co-Op and Tesco Express.
What does the area offer in terms of entertainment?
Rondo Theatre is a former church hall in Larkhall, just 0.4 miles from Camden Road. The theatre hosts a wide range of plays, musicals and comedy acts, in a venue that is intimate yet charming. In addition, the Theatre Royal located in the city centre (0.6 miles from Camden Road) hosts plays, musicals and comedy acts featuring some of the UK's leading actors and comedians.
If you're more into sport than the arts, you'll be pleased to hear that the city of Bath is home to one of the UK's leading Rugby Union sides, Bath Rugby. The team's home stadium resides on the banks of the River Avon, 0.8 miles from Camden Road.
And what about entertainment for kids/families?
The Larkhall festival is a community run, annual event and includes exciting arts and craft exhibitions, music events and a whole schedule of events and activities for the entire family,
As previously mentioned, Bath boasts a huge range of gorgeous parks and gardens, as well as museums that are ideally suited to family days out. However, Victoria Falls Adventure Golf and Bath City Farm – which are 0.6 miles and 2.2 miles from Camden Road respectively – are also well worth a visit.
Are there decent local amenities such as libraries and health centres?
Fairfield Park Medical Centre is open from 7.45-6.00pm, Monday to Friday and caters for appointments and emergency drop-ins, providing you're a registered patient.
The New Oriel Hall, which is located in Larkhall, roughly 0.4 miles from Camden Road, is a community hall and library run by volunteers and provides regular classes, workshops and events. For more books and services, including free Wi-Fi, you can visit the Bath Central Library, above the Waitrose in the city centre.
What's the local traffic and parking like?
The roads in and around Camden Road can be narrow, a problem made worse by the number of parked cars. As such, the morning and evening rush hours can become congested.
Parking is restricted to off-street and resident spaces. Some of the car parking spaces in and around Camden Road require a permit, which you can purchase from the local council. Fairfield Park and Larkhall which are areas slightly further east of the Camden Road do not require permits.
How well is the area served by primary and secondary schools?
There are a variety of schools in and around Bath. The Primary School closest to Camden Road is St Saviour's CE Infant School. The School educates over 200 pupils and received a 'Good' rating in its latest OFSTED report. St. Stephen’s Primary school is also nearby and also received a ‘Good’ OFSTED report most recently. The secondary school closest to Camden Road is St Mark's CofE School, which educates approximately 250 pupils.
If you would like to find out more about buying or renting property in the Camden, Larkhall or Fairfield Park areas, please call or visit the local Andrews Branch.